DBS Checking Service

Many organisations in and around the UK work with confidential information, or closely with vulnerable children and adults. They will require a CRB/DBS to be carried out, which can be long-winded and confusing if you’re not sure which kind you will need. CRA Group offers a checking service where we can simplify the process.

CRA Group Limited is a registered body with the Disclosure and Barring Service. Our team provides a full criminal record checking service from Basic Criminal Record Checks to Enhanced DBS Disclosures and Barred Lists. We can also advise as to which roles would require a check if you are unsure. Contact our team today for more information on 0203 771 9931.

What is a CRB/DBS

On 1 December 2012, CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As part of the rebranding, CRB introduced the new DBS logo and there were small changes to the paper application form and certificate.

The service and processes provided by the CRB did not change as a result of the merger. CRB continues to deliver the same services to customers as previously following this transition. For further information please visit the Home Office website here.

These criminal record checks help employers to make safe recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The information below explains what types of DBS checks there are and also the Basic Criminal Record Check that can be conducted.

Types of Criminal Record Check available:

  • Basic Criminal Record Check: This is not subject to an eligibility requirement, therefore it can be conducted for anybody (with their permission). It contains only unspent criminal convictions. Get started with CRA Group today and request a Basic DBS check.
  • Standard DBS Disclosure: This check contains spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.  Positions may include certain professions. For example, some roles governed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Get started with CRA Group today and request a Standard DBS check.
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure: These checks are for posts that involve working with vulnerable groups or children and provide full criminal history containing all conviction information, spent or unspent, and any other conviction information considered by the Police or any other government bodies. Positions include roles where there is frequent contact with children and/or vulnerable adults e.g. teachers and nurses. The Enhanced DBS would include the relevant Barred list check. Get started with CRA Group today and request an Enhanced DBS check.

The table below provides additional guidance on the services provided by each check. If you are still unsure, contact our support team and someone will be happy to help.

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